K in progress

blob o' grey

I got a new lens this week! It’s just a cheapie one – the Nikon 50mm f/1.8. I’ve been using my 30mm Sigma lens for so long (in addition to a zoom lens), it’s really nice to get a chance to play with something different for once. It’s very light because it has plastic parts, which might actually encourage me to carry my “heavy” camera around a little more this spring.

Above, my grey blob is going quite well, and has grown a lot! I wasn’t able to get the whole thing out of one skein like I’d hoped, but I won’t use all of the second. Maybe 1000 yards total. I’m nearly done the body, then I just have to knit the sleeves, which should go pretty quickly. (I hope so, anyway.)

Logan

I picked up my Superhero sampler this week as well, and finished up Logan. I’m finally starting to see where I can improve my stitching – as in, I can see where the stitches aren’t perfect! It’s okay though, it’s a learning experience. K for Kilowog is in progress, and I’m looking forward to the larger blocks of colour. It’s nice to stitch and not have to change threads so often, I find it quite relaxing.

I really want to do The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Sugar is Sweet sampler too. Since it’s a smaller project, maybe I’ll cheat on my superhero sampler a bit and pick up some new materials. It’s so cute and has cake, my favourite!

A Little Button Love

felt buttons

I’ve had these buttons in my stash for at least…4 or 5 years? Maybe more. They were a gift from the always amazing Denny, and as such were very special – not just any project would do.

When I started knitting my Bathurst Hat, I knew this would be the one. These buttons are 100% wool felt, and a little too soft to use for something really functional (like a cardigan). A hat is perfect for showcasing those precious buttons that deserve to be seen.

I can’t read Japanese, but the one thing I’m sure of is that they’re 100% wool! Here’s the button card for posterity.

felt buttons, front

felt buttons, back

A little white thread really makes the brown pop, and I think they go really well with the teal of the hat!

felt buttons

I love them. Thanks Denny!

New Release: Bathurst Hat!

Bathurst Hat

Bathurst Hat

Bathurst Hat

New pattern! It’s still cold enough to require a hat here in Toronto, and this one works up really quickly, with 1 skein of yarn. The yak/cormo blend from Bijou Basin was a Rhinebeck purchase few years ago, and it’s SO NICE! It held up really well to a couple of ripping-and-reknitting incidents, and is so warm yet light.

Bathurst is a soft and slightly slouchy hat with a simple and interesting stitch pattern. Yarn over increases create right- angled triangles that are then pleated, creating a cushy and airy double layered fabric. The crown of the hat is worked in simple stockinette with a quickly gathered crown.

The main body of the hat is worked flat, with ribbed edges and buttonholes, then joined into the round for the crown.

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Bathurst Hat